Anglo-Saxon Manuscripts: Basic Readings


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First published in 2001. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

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There are no literary studies among the 15 essays, some classic and some new. They focus on the manuscripts themselves, those copied in England before 1100, considering the history, production, analysis, and significance. In addition to specific manuscripts, general topics are discussed such as using the manuscripts, booklists, and libraries. Indexed only by manuscript. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Mary P. Richards is Professor of English at the University of Delaware. She is the author of Texts and Their Traditions in the Medieval Library of Rochester Cathedral Priory.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Basic Readings in Anglo-Saxon Manuscripts
List of Abbreviations
Using Anglo-Saxon Manuscripts 3
Self-Contained Units in Composite Manuscripts of the Anglo-Saxon Period 25
Old Manuscripts/New Technologies 37
N.R. Ker and the Study of English Medieval Manuscripts 55
Further Addenda and Corrigenda to N.R. Ker's Catalogue 79
Surviving Booklists from Anglo-Saxon England 87
English Libraries Before 1066: Use and Abuse of the Manuscript Evidence 169
Orality and the Developing Text of Caedmon's Hymn 221
The Construction of Oxford, Bodleian Library, Junius 11 251
The Eleventh-Century Origin of Beowulf and the Beowulf Manuscript 277
The Structure of the Exeter Book Codex (Exeter, Cathedral Library, MS.3501) 301
The Compilation of the Vercelli Book 317
History of the Manuscript and Punctuation (from AElfric's First Series of Catholic Homilies - British Library, Royal 7.C.xii, fols. 4-218) 345
The Production of an Illustrated Version (from the Old English Illustrated Hexateuch) 365
The Publication of Alfred's Pastoral Care 373
Index to Manuscripts 383
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